There’s a better way: public agencies centering equity in community engagement
Client: Blue Shield of California Foundation
Onside Partners and ThinkForward Strategies explored the current state of community engagement practices of public agencies through scanning the literature and a case study approach focused on California education and public health agencies. We were particularly interested in practices that center the perspectives of people who have systematically been denied access to power and resources by government: communities of color and low-income people. In this brief, we share a summary of what we learned and recommended reading for those who want to delve deeper into the topic.
Centering Health Equity in Decisionmaking in the United States
Client: Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts
Onside Partners and our affiliate Ang Hadwin explored the current state of the HIA and HiAP field through interviews and a literature scan in 2022-2023. These briefs and theories of change document our findings for both field practitioners and funders.
Public Infrastructure for an Equitable Future
Client: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Over the course of 18 months, Onside Partners and our affiliate Ang Hadwin researched five types of public infrastructure (broadband, electricity, parks, transportation, and water) to understand the root causes of the poor conditions of infrastructure in the United States and what philanthropy could do about it. This report details six solutions that philanthropy could support to create more equitable public infrastructure in the future.
For a short summary, check out our 2021 piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Governance Analysis: How 10 Participatory Grantmaking Initiatives and Funder Collaboratives Work
Participatory grantmaking is an important tool for shifting power and decisionmaking from philanthropy to people working on the frontlines of an issue. A key to success for this form of grantmaking is ensuring that the governance structure meaningfully operationalizes power sharing. This report summarizes research and analysis on the governance structures of 10 initiatives organized as participatory grantmaking endeavors, funder collaboratives, or a blend of both.
Transparent Accounting of the Life of the Digital Trust Foundation
Client: Digital Trust Foundation
Onside Partners was instrumental in the design, operations, and grantmaking of the Digital Trust Foundation, established in the 2014 litigation settlement of Lane v. Facebook. By 2018, the Foundation had spent down its corpus, disbursing just under $6.5 million in grants with an estimated administrative overhead of less than 6 percent. This report provides our transparent accounting of how the Foundation was managed and the money was spent.